Larry Nucci

…is Director of the Office for Studies in Moral Development and Education and Professor of Education and Psychology, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has written extensively in the field of moral and social development and education.

Nucci’s books include Education in the Moral Domain (Cambridge University Press, 2001); Culture Thought and Development (with Geoffrey Saxe and Elliot Turiel) (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000); and Moral Development and Character Education: A Dialogue (McCutchan, 1989).

Nucci was a pioneer in development and articulation of the domain theory of social cognitive development. His work with a variety of cultures has shown that children throughout the world share a set of common moral concerns for fairness and human welfare, and that these moral concerns differ from children’s concepts of conventions and religious norms specific to their particular social and cultural setting.

Items by Larry Nucci

Nice is Not Enough: Facilitating Moral Development

Larry Nucci, a leading figure in the field of moral development, applies developmental psychology to moral education in this book, giving practical information and ideas for everyday classroom practices. Read more here.

The Art and Science of Moral Education

Schools have the responsibility to teach young people about morality as well as to help them develop the courage to stand up for moral issues in a host of different situations. In this video, Larry Nucci, Ph.D. - author, professor, researcher and moral educator -outlines the basics of social reasoning and how they develop as children mature. Segments three (for elementary grades) and four (for middle and high schools) address classroom strategies and classroom lessons for establishing the kind of school culture where moral growth can best flourish. Read more here.